The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
McCOOL, RICHARD MILES,
Rank and organization: Lieutenant, U.S.
Navy, USS LCS(L)(3)122. Place and date: Off Okinawa, 10 and 11 June 1945. Entered
service at: Oklahoma. Born: 4 January 1922, Tishomingo, Okla.
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the
call of duty as commanding officer of the USS LCS(L)(3)122 during operations against
enemy Japanese forces in the Ryukyu chain, 10 and 11 June 1945. Sharply vigilant during
hostile air raids against Allied ships on radar picket duty off Okinawa on 10 June, Lt.
McCool aided materially in evacuating all survivors from a sinking destroyer which had
sustained mortal damage under the devastating attacks. When his own craft was attacked
simultaneously by 2 of the enemy's suicide squadron early in the evening of 11 June, he
instantly hurled the full power of his gun batteries against the plunging aircraft,
shooting down the first and damaging the second before it crashed his station in the
conning tower and engulfed the immediate area in a mass of flames. Although suffering from
shrapnel wounds and painful burns, he rallied his concussion-shocked crew and initiated
vigorous firefighting measures and then proceeded to the rescue of several trapped in a
blazing compartment, subsequently carrying 1 man to safety despite the excruciating pain
of additional severe burns. Unmindful of all personal danger, he continued his efforts
without respite until aid arrived from other ships and he was evacuated. By his staunch
leadership, capable direction, and indomitable determination throughout the crisis, Lt.
McCool saved the lives of many who otherwise might have perished and contributed
materially to the saving of his ship for further combat service. His valiant spirit of
self-sacrifice in the face of extreme peril sustains and enhances the highest traditions
of the U.S. Naval Service.